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First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II Declares its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.12 Per Share for October

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First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II (the “Fund”) (NYSE:FHY) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.12 per share payable on October 15, 2014, to shareholders of record as of October 3, 2014. The ex-dividend date is expected to be October 1, 2014. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.

First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II (FHY):

Distribution per share: $0.12
Distribution Rate based on the September 19, 2014 NAV of $16.96: 8.49%
Distribution Rate based on the September 19, 2014 closing market price of $15.54: 9.27%

The majority, and possibly all, of this distribution will be paid out of net investment income earned by the Fund. A portion of this distribution may come from net short-term realized capital gains or return of capital. The final determination of the source of tax status of all 2014 distributions will be made after the end of 2014.

The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks to provide capital growth. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing in a diversified portfolio of below-investment grade and investment grade debt securities, and equity securities that the investment sub-advisor believes offer attractive yield and/or capital appreciation potential. The Fund may invest up to 100% of its managed assets in below-investment grade debt securities (commonly referred to as “high-yield” or “junk” bonds).

First Trust Advisors L.P., the Fund’s investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P., are privately-held companies which provide a variety of investment services, including asset management and financial advisory services, with collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $101 billion as of August 31, 2014, through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts.

Brookfield Investment Management Inc. (“Brookfield”) serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor. Brookfield is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $200 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2014. Brookfield Asset Management has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. Brookfield Asset Management’s public market activities are conducted by Brookfield, a registered investment advisor, with over $16 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2014.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Principal Risk Factors: Investment in this Fund involves investment and market risk, management risk, value investing risk, below-investment grade securities risk, fixed-income securities risk, mortgage-backed securities risk, asset-backed securities risk, convertible securities risk, non-U.S. securities risk, currency risk, distressed securities risk, inflation/deflation risk, interest rate risk, market discount risk, leverage risk, derivatives risk, market disruption risk, portfolio turnover risk, and illiquid/restricted securities risk. The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the prospectus, shareholder reports and other regulatory filings.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

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